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Live Reporting

Jonathan Jurejko, Paul Higham and Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

  1. Westy eyes 'special' Nicklaus record

    Johnson, Westwood, Strafaci (15:30 BST)

    Westwood

    England's Lee Westwood says it would be a "very special" moment to break Jack Nicklaus' record and become the oldest player to win the Masters.

    Westwood, who turns 48 this month, is looking to win his first major and arrives at Augusta National in form.

    Nicklaus was 46 years, two months and 23 days when he claimed a record sixth Green Jacket and 18th major in 1986.

    "Jack has always been an inspiration," said Westwood, who played with Nicklaus during his first Masters in 1997.

    "It would be great to break his record. I saw Jack a few weeks ago and I still remember the first time I played this tournament in 1997, I played the final round with Jack.

    "I went out on the Saturday night and bought the iconic picture where he's following the ball into the hole on 17 with his putter. After we played on the Sunday, I said to Jack 'would you mind signing this picture for me?'

    "I still have it to this day, all framed up. He put 'To Lee, enjoyed our round, best wishes, Jack Nicklaus'. There are very few people you would do that with, he is a legend and arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

    "I always enjoy speaking with Jack and picking his brains and just being in his company, so to have a chance to break one of his records would be very special."

  2. Kim grabs a share of the lead

    Kim -2 (3)

    Hello. Si Woo Kim is on the move with back-to-back birdies at two and three.

    That gives the 25-year-old from South Korea a share of the lead.

  3. Lefties show their respect

    Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson take great pride in wearing their green jackets and, like many others, they were out early to see the ceremonial start to the tournament this morning.

    Great respect shown to the legends teeing us off this week. Mickelson is one of the later starters today as well (18:12 BST).

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  4. Post update

    Woosnam +2 (6)

    After dropping a shot at five that's not bad from Ian Woosnam on six.

    The Welshman comes up well short with a long birdie putt but then retrieves the situation nicely.

  5. Koepka confident after surgery

    Koepka, B Watson, Hovland (15:06 BST)

    Brooks Koepka

    This has been some recovery from four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who believes he can win the Masters despite having surgery on his right knee just three weeks ago.

    The former world number one had an operation on 16 March after dislocating his kneecap and sustaining ligament damage, but says he was back hitting balls seven days later.

    Koepka says he has been having seven-hour rehab sessions to get him right for Augusta.

    "If I knew I was going to finish second, I wouldn't have shown up," said the 30-year-old earlier this week. "I feel I can win. I'll play. I'll be all right."

  6. Poulter makes a mess of three

    Poulter E (3)

    Ian Poulter is furious with himself on the short par-four third. Bryson DeChambeau is planning on trying to drive the 350-yard hole.

    The Englishman takes the safer option of knocking an iron down the fairway. Wedge in hand for his second. But that's an awful shot. Coming up short and spinning back down the hill in front of the green.

    He doesn't hit his third shot either, the ball bouncing on the banking and stopping dead. Two putts. Bogey.

  7. Swafford still leads the way

    Swafford -2 (8)

    Eagle putt incoming for Hudson Swafford at eight.

    The American still leads the way on two under par. That's not going to drop from downtown but is is some effort to get to four or five feet.

    Decent chance for a birdie. But no. He's pushed it past on the left. Par it is.

    He'll feel like he's dropped a shot there.

  8. Post update

    Johnson, Westwood, Strafaci (15:30 BST)

    England's Lee Westwood will play with defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson in the first two rounds of the tournament.

    And I've just seen a few shots of him out on the driving range. He's looking pretty relaxed.

    Westy and DJ are joined at 15:30 BST by US Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci.

  9. Coming up

    We're heading towards the early featured groups at Augusta National. Here's who's heading out in the next hour or so...(all times BST)

    15:06 B Watson (US), B Koepka (US), V Hovland (Nor)

    15:18 S Garcia (Spa), W Simpson (US), C Bezuidenhout (SA)

    15:30 D Johnson (US), L Westwood (Eng), T Strafaci (US)*

    15:42 X Schauffele (US), J Rahm (Spa), R McIlroy (NI)

    15:54 P Reed (US), D Berger (US), P Casey (Eng)

    16:06 V Singh (Fij), M Laird (Sco)

  10. Moving on up

    Poulter -1 (2)

    Ian Poulter is off to a decent start as he begins his latest quest to win an elusive major.

    The Englishman rolls in a five-footer for birdie on the long second.

  11. Bogeys for Lyle & Frittelli

    Lyle +6, Frittelli +4 (6)

    Was that a four or five iron? It matters not Sandy Lyle doesn't like his approach into the 180-yard sixth hole.

    He drifts right and can't get up and down for par. He's dropping shots like confetti in the wind. Dylan Frittelli fares no better.

    These two are in some need of inspiration.

  12. Bogey for Lyle

    Lyle +5 (5)

    After that disastrous fourth hole the windbreaker is off for Sandy Lyle.

    But to no avail. Another dropped shot.

    That's bogey, quadruple bogey and bogey in the last three holes.

  13. Frittelli's poor start continues

    Dylan Frittelli +3 (5)

    Ouch. That'll hurt. South Africa's Dylan Frittelli sees a six to eight foot putt roll around the side of the cup. That was a par saver as well. Another dropped shot.

  14. Poulter pars the first

    Poulter E (1)

    Well played, Sir. Ian Poulter just runs off the back on the first but two well-judged putts sees him open up with a par.

  15. Lyle takes a seven on the fourth

    Lyle +4 (4)

    Horrendous. We've all been there though!

    Sandy Lyle finds the sand on the par-three fourth but then completely thins his chip out in to the trees at the back of the green.

    That leaves him with a drop, a wedge back over the green, and three putts later his nightmare comes to its conclusion.

  16. The stats behind recent Masters wins

    Some useful stats if you're trying to predict a winner this week...

    Reachpar.com have done a study on what defines those who pull on the Green Jacket at Augusta National.

    Masters winners have hit an average 79% of fairways, compared to 70% for the rest of the field, taken half a putt fewer than the Augusta average and, in the past three years, the winners have made 76.8% of greens in regulation, compared to the tournament average of 63.9% in that time.

    Taking advantage of the par fives is key, as shown when Dustin Johnson won in November - he was 11 under on the par fives with the rest of the field an average of five under, and especially in Patrick Reed's victory, shooting -11 on the par fives compared to -4 for the rest of the field's average.

    Putting, however, it seems is not as important in separating the field.

    "Dustin Johnson dominated the 2020 Masters yet was only T17 for putts per round at 29, compared to the field average of 29.81. Tiger Woods was T44 with an average of 30 when he won. Thanks to their ball striking from tee to green they were able to get the job done without relying on a putting masterclass," says the study.

  17. 'It's an incredibly special place'

    Willett, Niemann, Kisner (14:24 BST)

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    The 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett told the Today Programme's Karthi Gnanasegaram what it's like to be welcomed back to Augusta National as a former champion.

    It is a very special place. I think anybody that goes there for the first time, for the 50th time, it is an incredibly special place to go," said Willett. "You're welcomed on the property, you feel very much at home, and then to be able to go up to the locker room and your jackets there and all that kind of stuff.

    "It's just, it's a very magical place. And yeah, fortunately, for the rest of my life now I'll be able to kind of wander in and around there and treat it that way.”

  18. Steady start for Langer

    Langer E (1)

    Bernhard Langer was the model of consistency around these parts in November. Old habits die hard eh? Par start.

  19. Bogey for Lyle

    Lyle E (3)

    What was I just saying about Sandy Lyle. The 63-year-old leaves a putt on at three a little short and gives back the shot he had just gained.

  20. Post update

    Video content

    Video caption: No running, no phones - A reporter's guide to the Masters

    BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter gives a guide to some of the unique rules in place at the home of the Masters, and explains why Dustin Johnson is best placed to retain his title this year.